SC woman tried to kill policeman when dragging him before crash, officials say

Kayla Paige King in a photo from Greenville County Detention Center

GREENVILLE, SC — A young woman who pleaded guilty in a nearly $40,000 jewelry theft case last year is now facing 7 different charges — including attempted murder — after driving off from a traffic stop and dragging a police officer before crashing into a pole, police say.

Greenville Police spokesman Johnathan Bragg says Kayla Paige King, age 24, of the 300 block of Sunward Path in Inman is also charged with kidnapping, DUI, possession of a controlled substance and failure to stop after an incident Friday.

King pleaded guilty to grand larceny and was sentenced to 5 years probation in Jan. 2014 after an in-law told authorities nearly $38,000 in jewelry — including the victim’s wedding ring and her late husband’s wedding ring — were stolen, GoUpstate.com reported.

Police say two officers approached either side of King’s car about 1 a.m. Friday. When she would not exit her car, the officer on the passenger side opened the door to unbuckle her seat belt, police said.

Police say that’s when she started the engine and drove off. The officer on the passenger side was thrown inside.

The officer at the driver’s side door was dragged about 10 feet, officials say. Both King and the officer were treated at a hospital.

King is being held on no bond, according to the Greenville County Detention Center website.

Earlier this year, in March, King was charged with shoplifting and released on $5000 bond, according to the Spartanburg County Public Index.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report

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